Karina, born Yoo Jimin, rose to immense popularity after making her debut as the leader, main dancer, lead rapper, and face of the group of aespa back in November 2020. Despite only being active in the entertainment industry for less than two years, Karina has already cemented her position as one of the leading fourth-generation K-Pop idols.
With Karina's global popularity and aespa's successes, how much has the "Next Level" hitmaker earned since the start of her career? Is she the richest member of aespa? Keep on reading to find out Karina's net worth!
aespa Karina Net Worth 2022
According to media outlets, such as Korean Mag, aespa's oldest member and leader has an estimated net worth of around $1 million USD as of January 2022. This is already an amazing net worth figure considering that Karina has only been in the industry of less than two years.
But is Karina the richest member among her fellow aespa members? Based on reports, Karina is not the richest aespa member, as the current richest would be the group's Chinese member, Ningning, who is estimated to have $1.5 million USD, while Winter and Giselle are estimated to have earned $1.2 million USD and $1 million USD, respectively.
With that, how was Karina able to accumulate such a figure?
How Did Karina Accumulate Her Net Worth?
Like majority of K-Pop idols, a significant portion of Karina's net worth was earned through her promotions and activities with aespa,
However, prior to making her debut, Karina had appeared in fellow labelmate, SHINee's Taemin's music video for his track "Want" back in 2019, as well as perform with him for several weeks on music programs.
aespa's debut was a big event for SM Entertainment, as they were the first girl group the label launched since Red Velvet in 2014.
Likewise, following aespa's debut in 2020, the four-member girl group went on to become one of the biggest debuts of their generation, with "Black Mamba" landing at No. 1 on numerous domestic and international music charts.
aespa went on to see global popularity, and eventually became one of the top fourth-generation girl groups for their music releases, endorsement deals, broadcast appearances, and more.
In addition, each of aespa's succeeding releases, such as "Next Level" and "Savage," saw success on both domestic and internationally as well.
"Next Level" received a platinum certification by the Korea Music Content Association (KMCA) for having over 100,000,000 streams. While their album "Savage" received a double platinum certification for selling over 500,000 album copies.
"Savage" also ranked within Billboard's charts, such as the World Albums, Tastemaker Albums, Independent Albums, and Billboard 200.
Karina is also part of SuperM's female counterpart and SM Entertainment's supergroup, GOT The Beat, along with fellow member Winter, BoA, Girls' Generation's Taeyeon and Hyoyeon, and Red Velvet's Seulgi and Wendy.
Aside from aespa's music releases, the group has also bagged several endorsement deals from well-known brands, such as Clio, Mediheal, KB Kookmin Bank, Eider, Acqua di Parma, and becoming the first K-Pop ambassadors for luxury brand Givenchy.
With Karina's promotions and activities with aespa, she was able to amass the net worth she has today.